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The LIVfund Blog is an open network for students, travelers, locals and more to share and discuss experiences about studying, interning, or volunteering in Latin America. This online forum allows anyone to contribute, exchange and discuss ideas, experiences, photos, and multimedia about life abroad.

Along with sharing exciting abroad information, this blog is also a place where prospective people interested in studying, interning or volunteering in Latin America can gain first-hand advice and insights into life abroad. Our goal is for current scholarship participants and prospective scholarship applicants to have a place to share and learn about educational, business, volunteer, and personal experiences in Latin America.

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Impress your host family with these tricky trabalenguas

Written on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by admin

Want to impress your new host family or Spanish-speaking amigos? Try learning these tricky trabalenguas, or tongue twisters! Erre con erre, guitarra; erre con erre, carril: rápido ruedan los carros, rápido el ferrocarril. — Tres grandes tigres tragones tragan trigo y se atragantan. — Pablito clavó un clavito en la calva de un calvito, en la… Continue Reading »

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An ambitious medical volunteer gets ready to go to Guatemala

Written on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by admin

  Ida is a student at the University of Michigan who was assigned a scholarship from LIVFund to volunteer at a medical clinic in Antigua, Guatemala during her spring break. Continue reading to find out more about what she will be doing while abroad.     January 22, 2012 It’s hard to imagine that in… Continue Reading »

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Costa Rica: La Pura Vida

Written on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by admin

LIVFund Scholarship winner Olivia Zug’s interpretation of pura vida. pura vida: the unofficial slogan of Costa Rica pura vida: Spanish for “pure or simple life” pura vida means: living sufficiently, but magnificently never using more than I need learning about and with other people instead of focusing on temporary, material things finding new ways to… Continue Reading »

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Costa Rica: Small country, big opportunities

Written on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by admin

Have you met Olivia? She won a LIVFund Scholarship to fund her study abroad trip to Costa Rica with USAC over her winter break from school at the University of Maryland. Below is her latest update from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, but in case you missed her previous entries, you can read them by clicking on the links… Continue Reading »

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Fireworks and leaps of faith in Costa Rica

Written on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by admin

Have you met Olivia? She won a LIVFund Scholarship to fund her study abroad trip to Costa Rica with USAC over her winter break from school at the University of Maryland. Below is her latest update from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, but in case you missed her previous entries, you can read them by clicking on… Continue Reading »

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An update from Olivia on study abroad with USAC in Costa Rica

Written on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by admin

Puntarenas is actually heaven. It’s so hard to believe I’m really here. I thought three weeks would go slowly, but sadly the first weekend is almost here. Spanish class has been fantástico! I feel like I’m really getting better, but communicating with my host family, who literally speaks no English, is still difficult. I have… Continue Reading »

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What studying abroad in Costa Rica means

Written on Monday, January 16th, 2012 by admin

In the words of LIVFund Scholarship applicant Kayla Oliver, studying abroad in Costa Rica means… Culture. The people, the places, the food – all things unknown to me, but that I cannot wait to experience. Opportunity. I had never dreamed of traveling, this is a chance of a lifetime, and one that will help me… Continue Reading »

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Ian wins scholarship to do internship abroad in Bolivia

Written on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by admin

Ian is the first intern to receive a LIVFund Scholarship to fund his abroad program. A student at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, he is traveling to Bolivia to do an internship with Proyecto Horizonte. Not only is Ian a pioneer for LIVFund, he is also a pioneer at his home university. Determined to find a program… Continue Reading »

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Latin America is the place to go in 2012

Written on Monday, January 9th, 2012 by admin

Did you see the NY Times top 45 list of places to go in 2012? Well, we sure did! After all, #1 on the list is PANAMA! That’s right, the NY Times thinks that Latin America is the place to be too. And, well, they’re right!                  … Continue Reading »

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Perspectives from Antigua, Guatemala

Written on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by admin

LIVFund Scholarship winner Shawn gives us an update from Guatemala. After 5 weeks of intensive Spanish lessons in tourist friendly Antigua, he prepares to transition into his 13 month volunteer experience with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos at an orphange in the “real Guatemala”  - San Andrés. Click on the link below to hear Shawn’s take on… Continue Reading »

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Fútbol, More than just a sport

Written on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by admin

Keen on fútbol? Well, there is perhaps no better place in the world than Latin America to pursue your passion for this sport. Fútbol breathes life into Latin American culture like nothing else. In Buenos Aires, for instance, ¿Sos hincha de Boca o River? is as common a question as what do you do? Or, where do you… Continue Reading »

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Latin America is waiting for you

Written on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 by admin

‎ “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell Latin America is waiting for YOU. Make you resolution to travel abroad in 2012 a reality with fearlessness and a $500 scholarship from LIVFund. We at LIVFund… Continue Reading »

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Ida finds her passion for medicine in Guatemala

Written on Monday, January 2nd, 2012 by admin

Ida, a junior at the University of Michigan, won a LIVFund Scholarship to fund her upcoming volunteer abroad experience in Guatemala. This is her application essay [photos added by the staff at LIVFund]. Before the summer of 2011, I had never been extremely passionate about anything. I entertained the idea of being a doctor, and… Continue Reading »

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New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro: Champagne and flowers for the goddess of the sea

Written on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 by admin

Word on the street is that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Latin America. I mean, look at this. How could it not be the place to be tonight?                     While February’s Carnaval is Rio’s claim to fame, those… Continue Reading »

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Study abroad in Latin America is on the rise

Written on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by admin

According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), study abroad in less traditional destinations like Latin America is on the rise! And, the good news is that there is now a scholarship to make your study abroad experience in Latin America even more affordable. That’s the LIVFund Scholarship, of course! At LIVFund, we give out awards… Continue Reading »

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